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Friday, June 10, 2011

Glimpsing God showed me "God still answers prayers when we are mad and undeserving"

Review done by Robyn

Glimpsing God by Rachel Alkire is a book that I read in two days. It touched me deeply, as it described feelings I myself have felt numerous times. Rachel Alkire and I share many of the same experiences. She has a son that suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) from a car accident, as do I. As a busy mom of five (just like Rachel), life is very full. Add to that the stresses of dealing with a major medical issue and disabilities, you have a recipe for complete disaster. Faith is the only way to get through. This is a story of finding yourself, growing faith, and the love a mother. Everyone can benefit from the message in this book, even if you don’t have a child with a brain injury.

Often times in the midst of chaos we wonder where God is and if He even cares. “Glimpsing God” is a fascinating story about a woman who was stretched beyond her capacity who found that beyond her is a loving, merciful God.

This true story begins with the typical struggles of a young family which were dramatically altered by several tragedies of hurricane proportions. It all began, when the author, a mother of five, suffered a near death experience. Not long after that some neighborhood bullies smashed her only daughter’s skull and then her oldest son was in a devastating auto accident that left him lifeless on the side of an expressway. When it seemed nothing more could possibly happen, three of her five children were found to have an irreparable genetic brain disorder in which the odds were one in a million. Surely, this Job-like story would come to an end but not until the semi crash on a bridge one dark stormy night that permanently disabled her husband.

How can one family shoulder the unbelievable burdens? How can one woman find peace in the midst of the turmoil tearing at her family? Where is God? Why is He punishing them? Will He help them withstand the pressures or will it destroy them?

“Glimpsing God” is truly for anyone but above all the many who are wandering through that spiritual jungle of hurt, pain and confusion about their own circumstances. It’s for those who’ve wondered why God allows bad things to happen to good people, (or who’ve even wondered did He bring the bad things upon them).

“Glimpsing God” will show you:
• Bits and pieces of your own relationship with God and be encouraged to know you’re not alone in your struggles. 
• God does work all things for the good for those who are His, even when it isn’t immediately apparent.
• God still answers prayers when we are mad and undeserving.
• God provides members of the body to carry us and sometimes He carries us all on His own.

You may think God is full of paradoxes but you’ll be reminded that God is sovereign and perfect in every way. Alkire shows that God is love and He does care–yet sometimes He requires us to look within ourselves to find talents that He hid or that we’ve forgotten to use.

Most importantly “Glimpsing God” will help you see the benefits of surrendering to God, something often overlooked in America today.

About the Author:
Rachel Alkire is a non-profit organizer for church and raises awareness and understanding of people with ACC (Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum).


  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Deep River Books (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935265202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935265207

You can purchase Glimpsing God from Amazon for $11.69 .

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